This should interest all sheep hunters and all hunters in general. I just got off the phone with Thor Stacey, you may recognize the name from testifying at the BOG hearings. Thor has submitted a bill to the legislature, HB 158. It reads: [An Act authorizing the commissioner of natural resources to implement a hunting guide concession program or otherwise limit the number of individuals authorized to conduct big game commercial guiding on state land.]
In general this bill would limit commercial operations on State land just as there are similar restrictions on Federal land. If we do not stop the over commercial utilization of State lands it will not only be the loss of sheep hunting opportunities but all big game. Currently, on State lands residents harvest 20%-40% of sheep annually. On Federal lands these numbers are reversed with the majority going to residents.
For this bill to pass everyone one of us needs to contact our Representatives and voice our support. The only voices being heard so far have been those of the guiding industry. Our voice carries a lot of weight BUT only if we use it.